Kim Kardashian and Leeds United help Afghan footballers reach the UK

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A representative for Kim Kardashian told the PA News Agency that the theft was funded by her and her brand SKIMS.

London:

Members of the Afghan women’s youth development football team were airlifted to the UK on an evacuation flight funded by US celebrity Kim Kardashian.

The 35 footballers and their families, a total of 130 people, arrived at Stansted Airport, east London, in the early hours of Thursday morning, according to the ROKiT Foundation.

The team had been in Pakistan on 30-day temporary visas since fleeing Afghanistan following a Taliban takeover, but were at risk of being returned when their asylum period expired. if no other country was ready to welcome them.

But a charter flight brought them to the UK, where they will spend 10 days of coronavirus quarantine in a hotel before starting their new life.

A representative for Kardashian, best known as a reality TV star, told UK news agency PA that the theft was funded by her and her SKIMS brand.

Siu-Anne Gill, executive director of the ROKiT Foundation which helped organize the flight of footballers from Afghanistan, said she was “extremely touched by the courage shown by these girls”.

“It inspired us to ensure that their efforts to cross the border are not in vain,” she added.

Since their return to power on August 15, the Taliban have declared that women can play football but only under strict conditions, namely a ban on playing in public.

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Leeds United are among the organizations offering to help women footballers arriving in England, with Andrea Radrizzani, owner of the Premier League football club, saying in a statement: “We are delighted with the Afghan women’s and women’s football team from development and their families., led by their brave former Captain Khalida Popal have landed safely in the UK, following considerable efforts by a number of partners.

“We are honored to have played our part and grateful that the UK government has allowed their relocation to the UK.”

He added: “It demonstrates the power of football and sport in general, as a force for good and shows how the football community is able to collaborate and mobilize to save lives.

“Through Play for Change Charitable Trust and Leeds United, we are ready to help girls and their families build an inclusive and prosperous future. We look forward to seeing them play football again.”

A UK government spokesperson said: “Like others we have brought to the UK from Afghanistan, the Afghanistan women’s football team will receive a warm welcome, support and accommodation,” he said. said a British government spokesperson.

The Islamist Taliban banned women from playing sports or even attending a game when they last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to the 2001 US invasion following the Al Qaeda attacks of September 11, 2001 against the United States.

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